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FIU lands top quarterback prospect

When Florida International University visited Alabama over the weekend and played the Crimson Tide tough for over three quarters, many players had the opportunity to see what the future of this impressive program looked like. On Monday, the Golden Panthers took another step in becoming a force on the collegiate football landscape with yet another commitment.

With a number of high-profile athletes already on the roster, FIU added another top-flight commitment when Neptune Beach Fletcher quarterback Jake Medlock chose Mario Cristobal's growing squad over Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Mississippi State, Miami, Iowa State and LSU, who all had interest in the process.

"I wanted to stay in Florida and I love the coaching staff at FIU," Medlock told Hays Carlyon of Jacksonville.com. "I loved it when I went down there in the summer. Offensively, they throw the ball a lot. They also run the spread and the zone-read option."

Medlock, who has started more than 20 games for the Senators, is currently nursing a shoulder injury suffered in a season-opening win over Nease. He sat out last week's loss to Jacksonville Sandalwood.

As a junior, Medlock led his school to its first undefeated regular season in 70 years. As a sophomore, he passed for over 1,000 yards for a team that finished 8-3.

"Jake emerged as one of the top five quarterbacks in the state," said Corey Long of Friday Night Football magazine Florida. "His arm strength, size (6-3, 220) and leadership ability made him one of the top prospects."

FIU has been busy over the past week, getting commitments from Ocala Trinity Catholic running back Kedrick Rhodes and LaSalle defensive back Sam Miller, Jr.

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